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Cambridge Students Protest School Dance Theme For Racist Undertones

College students at Cambridge University in England have succeeded in forcing the college to change the former “Gone With The Wind” Summer dance theme after they complained that the film glorifies slave owners and promotes negative black stereotypes.

via The Guardian

A college at Cambridge University has been forced to change its plan to host a Gone with the Wind themed ball after students complained that the theme was racist.

St Edmund’s College had planned to theme its annual summer ball around the 1939 Oscar-winning film. The film, famous for the romance between Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara, has been widely criticized for its depiction of black people.

Mamusu Kallon, who was born in Sierra Leone and is a student at St Edmund’s, told the Independent: “It is a film that glamorises the romantic dreams of a slave owner and a KKK member while rendering the horrors of slavery invisible.

“The black characters fulfil every derogatory racist stereotype of the ‘slave’ and black people continue to be subject to the modern-day versions of these stereotypes. Surely Cambridge University should not be perpetuating this?”

The updated theme for the summer ball will now be “journey through the seasons”.

The row comes only a week after students at Cambridge and Oxford University launched a photo campaign to highlight their experiences of racial discrimination at the university.

Kudos to the students for taking a stand. Do you find this film offensive?



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